As we continue to add more new content to our website, we want to make it easy for our visitors to use.
One of the most important things we want to point out is that you can subscribe to the blog here on the site. This means if you go to the Blog tab and look on the right side, you will find a place to enter your email. If you do that, you will be automatically updated every time there is a new blog posted! This is important because our front page is static or doesn’t change. The reason we did this was to have one front page which is the same to welcome all visitors, including those who are new to our site and our church.
We have a whole list of new content we are working to add over the next few months, including information on our new Staff tab and our new World Outreach tab. We work to bring you Pastor Bowman’s weekly sermon (after we have had a few technical difficulties!) in a timely fashion.
One of the biggest things we would love to have from our congregation are testimonials about your experience with our church. You can either be noted on the testimonial, have an alias if you don’t want to use your real name for privacy purposes, or be listed as anonymous. You can submit your testimonials to us through our Contact tab.
Through the Contact tab, you can also submit questions, feedback, suggestions, and anything else you would like for the website! All content is screened by Pastor Richard and Marie Payne-Bowman.
We look forward to hearing from you!
DAILY DEVOTION, May 8, 2021
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)).
This verse tells us several things. It tells us to pray boldly. Petition God with confidence. Our boldness lies not in ourselves but in Jesus Christ, our Savior. We draw near to God with boldness because we trust in Jesus, who has forgiven all our sins. If our sins are forgiven, nothing stands between the Father and us. Don’t pray thinking, “I don’t really expect this will change anything.” Anticipate that God is going to act in response to your bold prayer.
The verse encourages us to pray “in time of need.” When we are faced with problems that seem to have no solution, that is the time to pray. God wants us to lay our needs before Him so that He may bless us.
Then we need to remember that we are approaching “the throne of grace.” We don’t ask God to help us because we deserve His help. We desire His help which comes to us from a gracious God. A merciful God will bless us because of who He is, not because of who we are. What we need is for God to pour out upon us His grace and mercy. Take encouragement from this verse and pray boldly.
Gracious and merciful Father, I confess that sometimes my efforts to pray are weak. Please help me to see that because of Jesus, I can come to you with boldness. Thank You for letting me know that You are full of grace and mercy. In the name of my merciful Savior, I pray.
DAILY DEVOTION, May 7, 2021
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
Jeremiah tells us how we may come to know God. If I seek God with all my heart, I will find Him. I will have a relationship with my Creator. The condition mentioned by the prophet requires some interpretation. What does it mean to seek God with all your heart?
It clearly means to seek Him with sincerity. If we are half-hearted or indifferent about seeking God, we will never come to know Him. The question w must ask is this; do I really want to know God? Those who sincerely want to know Him will find Him.
Of course, we must remember that we are under the New Covenant. Jeremiah spoke under the Old Covenant. For us, to seek God sincerely means to seek Jesus Christ and submit to Him with faith. Once we have faith in Jesus that will never give up, we will know God. We will have a living relationship with our Creator.
It is not difficult to know God. He wants us to seek Him. He desires to have a relationship with us. What about me? Do I want what God wants?
Father, I thank You that You are not hiding from me. I thank You that You have made clear what I must do to find You. I reaffirm my faith in Jesus, and I thank you that as I trust in Him, I have a relationship with You. May His Name be blessed forever, Amen.
DAILY DEVOTION, May 6, 2021
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (John 15:5).
We all know the difference between a thermostat and a thermometer. A thermometer tells you the temperature but does nothing to change it. A thermostat changes the temperature. True Christians are like the thermostat. When we become attached to Christ, the Vine, his life and power flow to us and through us, even as the life of a vine flows into the branches. The result is that we are changed. We begin to bear fruit, much fruit.
This verse becomes a test of the reality of our faith. Does our faith in Jesus change us? Are we bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God? We cannot produce spiritual fruit apart from Jesus. As we trust (abide) in Him, spiritual fruit begins to be produced. Various kinds of good works appear in the life of those who trust Jesus.
Paul describes this change as becoming new persons. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). Faith is not a thermometer. It is a thermostat that changes things.
Holy Father, I want to be a fruit-bearing Christian. I don’t want to just give verbal assent to my faith with little fruit in evidence. I want to bear a lot of fruit. I know I can’t bear fruit on my own efforts. I need to daily trust in Jesus and allow His life to flow into me. In His name, I pray, Amen.
Although our attendance is down we continue to worship God every Sunday morning. On Sunday we resumed Sunday School! It felt good to resume that activity. Adult Sunday School meets at 9:00 to 9:45 in the sanctuary followed by morning worship at 10:00 AM. While several of our members have had covid we have had no deaths due to the virus, and no one caught the virus at church. God be praised for His goodness and mercy. We hope to see everyone back soon. Financially we continue to do well. I know we are all hoping that life will soon be back to normal.
The men (FCM) meet at 8 AM on Tuesday (May 4th) for our regular monthly breakfast meeting.
The ladies (FCW) meet on Wednesday (May 5th) at 10:30 for their annual spring salad luncheon.
Wednesday Bible study resumes this week. We will begin a DVD study entitled “Church History Made Easy” featuring Timothy Paul Johnson. We will learn why a basic understanding of church history is important. We will see how God had sustained the church through the centuries in times of crisis. The first lesson addresses the first 100 years of the church and the two crises that impacted the church. Of course, all are welcome.
For Mother’s Day Sunday I will continue the series on the Ten Commandments. I will be jumping ahead to the 5th Commandment, “Honor Your father and mother.” Then the following Sunday we will return to the correct order, focusing on the 2nd commandment.
Have a wonderful week!
DAILY DEVOTION, May 3, 2021, Be as a little child
I tell you the truth. You must accept God’s kingdom like a little child, or you will never enter it (Luke 18:17 ICB).
We say that salvation is by faith. Here it seems that redemption is reserved for those who are like a little child. Is this a conflict? I believe the point is this. Little children cannot provide for themselves, and so they must have faith in their parents or some other adult. Children live life without preparing food, buying a house or furniture, making decisions about the future, etc. They trust their parents to provide.
Jesus says we must have a similar attitude. We adults can easily fall into the trap of thinking we can provide for ourselves. When facing life’s most significant matters, we are helpless to provide for ourselves. How can we find forgiveness of sins? How can we earn a place in heaven? Where do we turn when faced with a problem we cannot solve? If we cannot learn to trust God with child-like faith, we will never enter God’s Kingdom.
We need to live life like little children, trusting God to care for us and to provide those spiritual needs we cannot provide for ourselves. We need to thank Him for giving us the ability to meet many temporal needs. Just as children cannot survive without some adult care, we cannot survive without God. The sooner we realize that, the better.
Dear Father, I ask You to set me free from all pride and arrogance. Help me to see that without faith in You and Your Son, I am nothing. Like a child, I cannot provide for those things which are most important. I want to trust You with child-like faith. Help me, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.